Rent assistance in Contra Costa.

The Contra Costa County California region has a few organizations that are committed to helping the low income and working poor pay their rent. Programs offer eviction prevention, direct financial assistance for past due rental expenses, and low income housing.

Thousands of local Contra Costa families and individuals need eviction prevention assistance every year. The non-profits, government agencies, and charities below are focused on helping people stay in their homes, apartments, and other wise prevent an eviction and reduce homelessness. In addition to direct cash assistance (which can unfortunately be limited), housing counselors and/or lawyers can offer free advice and referrals. A non-profit can often be a source of information on a large number of government or private rental assistance programs in Contra Costa or across California.

Eviction Court Summons Assistance

Bay Area Legal Aid (phone 1-800-551-5554) can provide pro-bono legal assistance to help families deal with an eviction, landlord-tenant issue, or a court date.

Eviction Defense Center. This is another firm with offices in Contra Costa County that may have free legal advice for income qualified individuals and families. Dial 510-452-4541

Pacific Community Services. If you have received an eviction notice to leave an apartment or home, this non-profit can provide guidance and advice. They may also have options on rent and/or government assistance. Dial 925-439-1056, or the mailing address is 329 Railroad Ave, Pittsburg, California 94565.

ECHO Fair Housing only helps residents of Walnut Creek area. Free legal aid can help with eviction noticies, unsafe housing, repairs, and more. Dial 1-855-275-3246.

Contra Costa County non-profit rent help

Concord Family Service Center / Catholic Charities of East Bay region. The non-profit provides low income and others who need help with access to a wide range of services and financial assistance. The resources include, but are not limited to, housing counseling, immigration assistance, counseling for homeowners facing foreclosure, emergency rental assistance, and much more.





Many programs from the church revolve around providing support for housing issues in order top prevent homelessness. Several local charities are part of the organization. The main address is 3540 Chestnut Avenue, Concord, CA 94519, phone (925) 825-3099.

Homeless hotline can be reached at 800-808-6444. This non-profit focuses on helping the currently homeless, as well as those who are on the verge of being evicted and becoming homeless. It can help them find housing, pay rental deposits, and move into transitional housing.

Assistance for the currently homeless includes motel vouchers or placement into shelters. The prevention aspect of the non-profit includes referrals to sources of funds for back rent to counseling and landlord/tenant mediation. The client needs a plan to get on track and pay future rental and utility costs on their own.

Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services
Call your local government office for general assistance. The funds can help with housing and rent expenses as well. There may be one time assistance for a portion of a security deposit to rehouse a family, or grants for back rent. Other case management is provided too.

  • Address is 4545 Delta Fair Boulevard
    Antioch, California 94509
    (877) 505-4630
  • 400 Ellinwood Way
    Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
    Phone number - (877) 505-4630
  • 1305 MacDonald Avenue
    Richmond, CA 94801
    (877) 505-4630
  • Another office is at 151 Linus Pauling Drive
    Hercules, California 94547
    (877) 505-4630
  • 151 Sand Creek Road, Suite A
    Brentwood, CA 94513
    Dial (877) 505-4630 for information on housing programs.




Referrals may be provided by any of these charities and non-profits in the Contra Costa County region. There may be either direct cash assistance or advice and referrals.

  • Catholic Charities of East Bay - Critical Family Needs  - 925-825-3099
  • General Assistance (Individuals) - 925-602-9379
  • CalWORKs - 1-877-505-4630
  • Consumer Credit Counseling - 1-866-889-9347 - Get advice and referrals from this non-profit.
  • Season of Sharing - 925-521-5065

Season of Sharing Contra Costa County – Families with dependent children may be able to get assistance from this organization. There are conditions, including the family needs to be defined by welfare regulations as an unborn child and is a dependent when its mother is in her 6th month of pregnancy. They may even offer emergency rent help to single parents/pregnant mothers.

Children who are 18 but still in their last year of high school are also considered dependents and can qualify for financial aid for rental expenses. Dependents of the court including emancipating 18 year olds, seniors 60+, single battered women and the disabled can also apply for help, including with rent and housing. Address is 400 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, California 94523, (925) 521-5065

Two government affiliated organizations are the Housing Authority of Contra Costa County (call 925-957-8000) as well as Housing Authority of Pittsburg California, dial 925-252-4830. Both of these locations can help people apply for government assistance such as cash grants, low income public housing, senior assistance, or Section 8 in California.

Contra Costa County Veterans can get housing assistance from SSVF - Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Services range from help with moving costs to first months rent or application fees. There is also job placement, credit counseling, and other housing support. Dial (510) 891-8773.

Salvation Army of Concord provides help for utility bills from REACH. This may be an option for Contra Costa County facing an eviction from their home due to unpaid energy costs. Referrals may also be available to other resources, such as shelter or ESG grants for rental payments. The address is 3950 Clayton Rd, Concord, CA 94521, or dial (925) 676-6180.

Rapid Rehousing, eviction help, and rent assistance is available from agencies that are in the Crisis Center network. The goal is to stop homelessness. Support ranges from motel or hotel vouchers in Contra Costa County to grants for security deposit or rental help for single moms, the disabled, and families looking for an affordable apartment. More on Contra Costa County eviction and rehousing assistance.





Shelter offers homeless prevention programs. The case managers can refer clients, ranging from the working poor to disabled or veterans, to emergency rental assistance. They also provide guidance on relocating, case management and more. Some Conta Costa families are provided a no-interest loans for their rent arrears. The center is at 333 Willow Pass Rd., Concord California. Call 925-335-0698, or learn more on SHELTER in Contra Costa County.

Transitional and temporary housing services are available. This will require the client to pay some of their income for their rent and energy costs, but it provides the tenant time to gain stability. One non-profit is at 925-338-1038.


By Jon McNamara

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